§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 29 October 1992,Official Report, column 802, if he will give details of all the measures that potentially affect naval bases which have been examined; which Departments have been consulted as part of this work ; when work started; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Many proposals which could have implications for the naval bases are examined as part of the departmental planning process. Some are taken forward, some are not. It is not possible for a variety of reasons, not least because of the uncertainty that may be caused in the areas concerned, to publish the details of such work. Other Government Departments are consulted as appropriate. The trade unions and other interested parties are consulted about these proposals which are taken forward. All relevant factors are considered before final decisions are announced.